Democrats had promised to fight back against any nominee put forth by President Donald Trump to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg — and they once said “nothing was off the table,” as Politico reported. But just days after Trump announced his pick of Amy Coney Barrett, it seems Dems’ faithful leader is giving up on at least one line of attack.
According to the Washington Examiner, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) signaled Sunday that she doesn’t support attacks against Amy Coney Barrett’s faith.
“I think it’s appropriate for people to ask her about how faithful she would be to the Constitution of the United States, whatever her faith,” Pelosi said on in an appearance on CNN’s State of the Union, according to the Examiner.
“It doesn’t matter what her faith is or what religion she believes in,” the long-serving San Francisco congresswoman went on to declare.
“The dogma lives loudly”
Barrett, a 48-year-old mother of seven, was confirmed to her current seat on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals three years ago after being nominated by Trump. During her confirmation hearing for that position, California Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D) complained to Barrett that “the dogma lives loudly within you, and that’s of concern.”
More recently, Fox News reported that ABC News’ Tom Llamas had drawn attention to Barrett’s religious community. Barrett reportedly belongs to a religious organization called People of Praise, and during an episode of Good Morning America last week, Llamas attempted to draw a link between Barrett’s membership in the group and Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale.
Calling People of Praise, “a small, charismatic Christian community,” Llamas said many of the group’s members “choose to make a lifelong commitment to the community — a covenant. Members are assigned a personal adviser, men were called ‘heads’ and women were called ‘handmaids,’ but those titles have since changed to ‘leaders,'” he said, according to Fox. It was a connection that prompted fierce pushback from those on the left.
However, Fox noted that Atwood has herself dismissed the claim that People of Praise served as an inspiration for her book.
“I don’t think this is a thread [that] can be legitimately used in this way,” she reportedly told ABC.
“Does she believe in the Constitution?”
Pelosi, for her part, seems to feel similarly.
Speaking Sunday, the House speaker said what matters isn’t that Barrett is a Catholic. “What matters is, does she believe in the Constitution of the United States? Does she believe in the precedent on the Supreme Court that has upheld the Affordable Care Act?” the House speaker insisted.
A fair and rational statement from Nancy Pelosi? It’s almost hard to believe it’s really true.